A THIEF landed himself in court after a keen-eyed customer spotted him snatching coffee from a South Tyneside store.
Stephen Mason was spotted stealing five jars of Nescafe from Bargain Booze, in Prince Edward Road, South Shields, on December 10, last year.
The 46-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of shop theft when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Justin Gibson, prosecuting, said: “A male was seen by a customer stealing coffee from the store.
“Staff viewed CCTV and Mason was seen selecting five jars of coffee before concealing them in a carrier bag.
“He then left without offering to pay.”
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “At the time of the offence he was homeless. He stole the coffee to sell on, so he had some money.”
Mason, of Dean Road, South Shields, was ordered to pay £14.95 compensation to the store.